Oto Nova Japan 音の波: Mari* with Manabu Shimada, Yosi Horikawa and WaqWaq Kingdom
Manabu Shimada Manabu Shimada is a Japanese sonic artist based in London and Tokyo. His artistic work includes performances, installations and exhibitions predominantly in Europe. Alongside his technical skills he has worked as a composer and sound designer for many years, working with companies such as Swarovski, Yamaha, V&A, Tord Boontje and Es Devlin. Manabu and Mari will…
Manabu Shimada is a Japanese sonic artist based in London and Tokyo. His artistic work includes performances, installations and exhibitions predominantly in Europe. Alongside his technical skills he has worked as a composer and sound designer for many years, working with companies such as Swarovski, Yamaha, V&A, Tord Boontje and Es Devlin. Manabu and Mari will discuss his creative process, and Manabu will perform his latest album pieces for her, a showcase of his creative work whilst living in Europe, was released in July 2016 on label Sounds et al.
Yosi Horikawa is a sound creator who incorporates field recordings into his music.
WaqWaq KingdomWaqWaq Kingdom’s “Ego Enzyme” comes from their forthcoming self-title EP out on Jahtari in March.
Gilles Peterson: Worldwide FM Top 10 Live – Best of May
Album of the Month: Nubya Garcia – Hold (Alternate Take) [Jazz:Refreshed] // UK The young saxophonist is one of the ringleaders in an exciting new generation of jazz musicians in London. After becoming known on the circuit for her work in bands like Collocutor, Nérija, Maisha and the Theon Cross Trio, this year marks the…
Album of the Month:
- Nubya Garcia – Hold (Alternate Take) [Jazz:Refreshed] // UK
The young saxophonist is one of the ringleaders in an exciting new generation of jazz musicians in London. After becoming known on the circuit for her work in bands like Collocutor, Nérija, Maisha and the Theon Cross Trio, this year marks the launch of her own band, which reads like a who’s who of the best young talent in London: Moses Boyd and Femi Koleoso on drums, Daniel Casimir on double bass and Joe Armon-Jones on piano. This coincides with the release of her debut album, Nubya’s 5ive, on Jazz Re:freshed, from which ‘Hold (Alternative Take)’ is lifted from.
▹ Explore more: Nubya has hosted a jazz special with Femi and Joe (02-03-17) as well as her own two hour show earlier in the year (19-01-17)
▹ Explore more: listen shows from Nubya’sbandmates: Drummers Inc: Femi Koleoso with Tony Allen (30-05-17), Drummers Inc: Moses Boyd (24-01-17), Collocutor (18-05-17), Church of Sound with Joe Armon-Jones (07-02-17)
Track of the Month:
2 . WaqWaq Kingdom – Oh It’s Good [Jahtari] // Japan
Waq Waq Kingdom is a Japanese cyber dub crew made up of DJ Scotch Egg and Kiko Hitomi, a vocalist who fuses reggae, ’50s pop and UK bass styles. ‘Oh It’s Good’ is taken from their new album, Shinsekai, named after an old neighbourhood in Osaka, built in 1912 and modelled on New York and Paris.
▹ Explore more: WaqWaq Kingdom joined Roger Robinson for a Sound System Special (01-06-17)
▹ Explore more: for more Sound System Specials check shows with Channel One (every first Thursday), Gilles Peterson & David Rodigan (16-03-17) and Sherwood & Pinch (16-02-17)
- Collocutor – Arrival (WWFM Live Version) // UK
Like Nubya, Tamar Osborne is another London saxophonist riding the wave of the city’s current jazz resurgence who, since graduating from Guildhall in 2000, has become one of the UK’s most accomplished multi-wind specialists. Her seven-piece band, Collocutor, just released The Search LP, their second for London-based On The Corner Records, from which ‘Arrival’ is taken. Influences range from Indian classical, Ethiopian, polyphonic choral, minimalism and afrobeat, informed by Tamar’s experiences as part of the FELA! production at The National Theatre and member of Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Orchestra.
▹ Explore more: Tamar hosted a Jazz Special with her band (18-05-17) with live video performances
▹ Explore more: watch Collocutor perform ‘Everywhere’ live from our London studio.
▹ Explore more: Tamar is also a member of Emanative, who have hosted two shows in recent months (21-11-16) and (23-03-17)
▹ Explore more: On The Corner boss Pete hosts a regular show every other month on the second Friday. Listen back to his last one with Wotjek Mazolewski (14-04-17)
Moments of the Month:
- Galorn – Arrest Under Special Powers [Disques Velia] // France
taken from Andy Votel’s Niche Market Vol.1
The way Gilles came bounding through the door one morning with Andy Votel’s first Niche Market volume in his possession, we knew he’d come onto something special. This new series allows the Finders Keepers Records boss to dig deep into ultra-obscure territories, but he presents it in a way that’s both humorous, informative and accessible. The first episode focussed on Breton Jazz and had Gilles grabbing what he could on Discogs as each was played. His pick from the 30 minute show was ‘Arrest Under Special Powers’ by 70’s progressive folk band Galorn.
▹ Explore more: Listen to Andy Votel’s Niche Market Vol. 1 as part of Gilles’ show (12-05-17)
- Ptôse – In Your Bush (Edit) [Ayaa] // France
taken from Motor City Drum Ensemble’s first monthly show
Danilo Plessow a.k.a Motor City Drum Ensemble is on a constant mission to discover new sounds. Drawing from an impressive record collection, the celebrated DJ and producer shares some of the music that inspires him, as part of a new monthly show called The State of Rhythm. For his first outing, Danilo sat down with Brazilian jazz-funk legends Azymuth for an interview. Gilles’ standout track was from 80’s French, synth punk band Ptôse, which Danilo picked out for its reverence to house and accentuated further with his own edit of the original.
▹ Explore more: listen back to MCDE’s first State of Rhythm show (10-05-17).
▹ Explore more: Gilles Peterson and MCDE went back to back at JAW Family Reunion in November 2016, which we rebroadcasted soon after.
- Azymuth – Montreux [Milestone Records] // Brazil
taken from Joe Davis’s Ivan Conti ‘Mamao’ fundraiser show
As boss of Far Out Recordings, Joe Davis has been releasing Azymuth’s music since 1996. Therefore, when their drummer Ivan Conti ‘Mamao’ took a tumble backstage, Joe led a fundraising campaign to raise money for a much-needed operation (which you can still donate to here). ‘Montreux’ is taken from Azymuth’s 1983 album Rapid Transit.
- Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The Minstrel [Aestuarium Records] // USA
taken from Gilles’ 90th birthday tribute to Philip Cohran
A leader of the spiritual jazz movement, Philip Cohran is best known for his time playing trumpet for the Sun Ra Arkestra and leader of The Artistic Heritage Ensemble. He was also somewhat of a mentor for Maurice White and his brothers, guiding them pre-Earth Wind and Fire, while he also fathers eight of the nine members of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. A figure who has influenced many different generations of jazz musicians, Gilles celebrated his 90th birthday with a two hour tribute show. His pick is taken from Philip’s 1967 album On The Beach.
- Os Bongos – Kazucuta (Batida Remix) [Self Released] // Portugal, taken from Tash_LC’s interview with Batida
Born in Huambo, Angola and raised in the suburbs of Lisbon, Batdia’s work as a leading DJ and producer in Portugal is deeply informed by the country’s immigrant community. Releases on Soundway and Crammed Discs, as well as affiliations to Lisbon crew Pricipe have helped him become a unifying force of his hometown’s multi-faceted music culture; Tash_LC’s in-depth interview went some way to explore how he approaches such a role. The musical standout from this session is a one of Batida’s own remixes, harking back to the golden age of Angolan music.
▹ Explore more: listen back to Tash_LC in conversation with Batida (11-05-17)
▹ Explore more: Tash_LC hosted a four-part series exploring music of Africa: highlife (21-02-17), afrobeat (21-03-17), South African townships (18-04-17) and francophone sounds (16-05-17).
WW NOLA Moments
As part of a collaboration with Six of Saturns festival at Ace Hotel’s Three Keys venue,, we curated 11 special broadcasts across 11 days live from New Orleans. Gilles Peterson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Brice Nice and Soul Sista all hosted and were joined by a range of guests, including Bill Summers, Taylor McFerrin, Maurice Brown, Tank and the Bangas and Yosi Horikawa.
▹ Explore more: Gilles hosted a Best Of show to recap on two hours of his favourite moments (29-05-17)
▹ Explore more: watch Yosi Harikawa( also above)walking the streets of New Orleans to create ‘Song For Nola’ with Tank, from Tank and the Bangas.
- Kutiman and Princess Shaw – Falling [Not on Label] // Israel
Princess Shaw (Samantha Montgomery) was a nurse from New Orleans who was discovered by Israeli musician Kutiman (Ophir Kutiel) whilst he was trawling Youtube. They’re now recording music together and there’s a documentary online about the unlikely pairing called Thru You Princess.
▹ Explore more: listen back to Gilles hosting Princess Shaw on WW NOLA (03-05-17)
- Tank and the Bangas – QUICK (WWFM Live Version) // USA
Tank and the Bangas are one of the most exciting bands coming out of New Orleans at the moment. Recent winners of the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, their live set on WW NOLA was faultlessly tight and full of energy.